A Spirit Teacher shares His understanding of
I Ching 22 – Adornment.
Mountain is above and Fire is below.
Adornment develops out of Biting Through (21)
and will transform itself, or be transformed
into Stripping Away (23).
Adornment expresses excess that will reach
a limit and then be reduced, one way or another.
No situation in life begins or ends on its own.
Each is interconnected with what came before
and with whatever will follow or develop
out of what now is, or seems to be.
Biting Through suggests successful struggle.
Perhaps adornment was or is a reward?
Then, how and why would a well-earned
(if it was) reward be reduced?
Everything is relevant to everything else.
We may reward ourselves for past battles
fought and won, but, the future
is not the past, and past success
does not guarantee future success.
Then struggle is forever?
Challenge is forever.
What is the difference?
How we perceive the situation.
To struggle is to seek to control
outcome, whereas a challenge is
seen as an opportunity to test
our own ability to meet whatever
difficulty we face, regardless
of the possibility of failure.
To do our best; win, lose, or draw?